What’s the role?
We’re looking for an experienced Watch specialist to join our Authentication team to support the Fine Jewellery and Watches team. You’ll be exposed to the whole range of branded luxury timepieces each week, and there is huge scope for both personal and professional growth within the business.
The key area of responsibility will be to authenticate individual items as well as to oversee the tools, processes, and equipment. In time there may also be scope to carry out repairs.
This is a brilliant opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of luxury watches, and to help grow a brand with international ambitions in a critical role on the front-line. You will be an expert in the field, with experience of secondary market pricing principles and application.
What responsibilities can you expect?
•Inspect consignments to ensure condition and acceptance standards are met; utilizing reference guides and historical data.
•Identify, test and authenticate branded modern and vintage products using standardised methodology and tools. (brand, model, movement brand, movement model)
•Determine brand authenticity and condition (external and functional performance) of each watch
•Fully test all watches to determine level of timing and functional performance, including water resistance
•Preferred but not essential – In-line with brand and Cudoni standards and guidelines, accurately diagnose and perform quality service repair of basic to moderate complexity on customer owned merchandise, without damage and improving overall condition, function and timing accuracy of quartz and automatic (mechanical) watches, including but not limited to:
– Battery replacement
– Gasket Replacements
– Movement adjustments
– Partial Service: hands/crown/stem, movement ring, standard automatic date movement
– Calibrate chronograph and other complication indicators to original factory settings
– External case and bracelet cleaning
– Strap replacement, bracelet and clasp adjustments
•Improve product condition and value through external cleaning.
•Research and price product, factoring for fair market value, condition, and style.
•Identify and enter product attributes and specifications.
•Surface or escalate and solve exceptions, anomalies and/or authenticity questions
•Assist other Watchmakers to authenticate and resolve complex repairs.
•Participate in training, audits and meetings, as required.
•Adhere to first in, first out methodology to ensure positive consignor experience.
•Ensure processing targets are met.
•Support process and system improvement through feedback and testing, as required
•Uphold accuracy, consistency and quality of: standards and methodologies, information sources and reference guides, pricing, performance metrics and system information.
•Maintain industry knowledge of identification, grading, synthetics, treatments, equipment, pricing and market trends; inform management of important activity and essential information and update internal references.
What skills and qualities do we require?
•3+ years watch authentication experience.
•Advanced technical expertise, including brand, model, movement and material identification
•CT21, SODA and/or WOSTEP diploma preferred
•Brand certification from major watch brands preferred
•Familiar with most watch brands; experience with major European luxury brands, preferred
•Familiar with both Swiss and Japanese movements
•Experience in repairing and servicing watches, with skills including but not limited to: quartz/mechanical movements, chronographs, perpetual calendars and lathe work preferred but not essential
•Proficient with case disassembly/reassembly of quartz, automatic and chronograph watches
•Ability to perform water resistances test, both dry and wet methods
•Demonstrated ability to self start, work independently, maximize productivity and workflow with exceptional attention to detail, and anticipate organizational needs, including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines as required
•Ability to handle multiple complex, time sensitive situations
•Ability to work within specific process constraints
•Ability to work collaboratively
•Open to additional training and education
What can you expect at Cudoni?
•A competitive salary and goal-based incentives.
•Shares options in the business.
•A very sociable and interactive office environment.
•Highly qualified and ambitious teammates.
This position will be located in Earlsfield, London SW18
How can I apply to Cudoni?
Please send us your CV along with a covering email explaining why you would like to work with us at Cudoni including your salary expectations.
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